On this day in cruise ship weather history, seven years ago today, a disturbance developed within the Intertropical Convergence Zone on June 17, 2010 and remained distinct on its track west. An area of low pressure developed in association with the system over the northwestern Caribbean on June 24, and in conjunction with data from a reconnaissance aircraft, further organized into a tropical depression by 18:00 UTC the following day.
Steered west and eventually west-northwest, the depression intensified into Tropical Storm Alex by 06:00 UTC on June 26 and attained peak winds of 65 mph (100 km/h) before moving ashore near Belize City, Belize several hours later.
Alex maintained tropical storm intensity as it crossed the Yucatan Peninsula, and upon executing a northward turn and a second westward bend, began to steadily intensify. The cyclone intensified into the season’s first hurricane at 00:00 UTC on June 30 and attained peak winds of 110 mph (175 km/h) as it made landfall near Soto la Marina, Mexico, at 02:00 UTC on July 1. See video below.
Video: Hurricane Alex – Brownsville, Texas (KBRO) Radar Loop – June 30 – July 1, 2010